Let There Be Light

Ha ha…I’m pretty blind, especially in low light. I dislike those moody fancy restaurants with dim lighting. It’s nearly impossible to read the menu. I doubt I’m the only one who feels this way, but I haven’t heard a lot of people admit it. Contact lenses changed my life in the best possible way, but I still pick up my iPad or my phone and have to turn up the brightness. My son Jackson (smart kid!) is always dimming the screen to increase battery life.

I remember my dad used to come into my room when I was in my teens – and he would be surprised about how dim the light was in my room, if I was reading or doing homework or whatever…

And he would say something like ‘do you want more light’? And I would say something like ‘no, I’m fine’, and I was… But he would turn on the lights anyway, and I would realize it was actually better. I mean, I could still read in dim light, but with brighter light it was actually easier. He was pretty annoying – but he was right. Ha! Thanks dad…

So, the other day I entered my son’s room and he was reading, and it was kind of dark. Can you guess what happened? I said, ‘Jackson, do you want more light’? ‘No dad, I can see just fine…’ And I thought to myself, this has come full circle.

My dear old dad used to turn the lights on for me, and now I am a ‘dear old dad’ turning the lights on for my own son. We may not realize it, but we all need ‘light’. More light than we might think. Time, wisdom and age, those may help us to realize this fact but that’s not really the point. The point is, it never hurts to let more light into your life.

Take that how you’d like, and interpret it how you will. It’s simple, but it’s profound. Light helps us see, it gives us more clarity. No matter how dark, or how large a room, the smallest flame is instantly noticed. This reminds me of John chapter 1, ‘the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. And even the first words uttered by the Creator in Genesis…’let there be light’.

And there was light.